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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Bylaw 1-26


School Visitations

School Board Members shall attempt to visit various schools throughout the year for a variety of purposes. These purposes include, but are not limited to:

School Board Members shall not advise, direct or take disciplinary action against school personnel or students while visiting because no single School Board Member has the authority to take such action.

As a professional courtesy, the School Board Member should contact the principal prior to scheduling a potential visit. By doing so, the principal can accommodate the visit and avoid potential conflicts that would impede the School Board Member’s ability to visit specific classrooms and programs. The Superintendent should be informed when a visit is planned.

School Board Members are guests in any school they visit. They shall stop first at the security desk or the main office to advise the principal/designee of their presence and determine if there are any special considerations that should be observed while visiting. Principals are encouraged to have School Board Members visit the total school's activities when possible rather than attempting to present only selected programs.

When visiting a school in the role of parent/legal guardian or family member, it is expected that a School Board Member will adhere to all protocols established in School Board Policy 7-17 and the Decorum Guidelines posted at each school or academy within the School Division.

School Board Members may prepare written reports for dissemination to other School Board Members and the Superintendent if they believe their visit merits the written attention of the School Board.

Adopted by School Board: July 21, 1992
Amended by School Board: February 20, 2001
Amended by School Board: December 2, 2008
Amended by School Board: August 18, 2015
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2016